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Piton A.,University of Strasbourg | Piton A.,College de France | Redin C.,University of Strasbourg | Redin C.,College de France | And 19 more authors.
European Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2014

Intellectual disability (ID) is characterized by an extraordinary genetic heterogeneity, with andgt;250 genes that have been implicated in monogenic forms of ID. Because this complexity precluded systematic testing for mutations and because clinical features are often non-specific, for some of these genes only few cases or families have been unambiguously documented. It is the case of the X-linked gene encoding monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), for which only one nonsense mutation has been identified in Brunner syndrome, characterized in a single family by mild non-dysmorphic ID and impulsive, violent and aggressive behaviors. We have performed targeted high-throughput sequencing of 220 genes, including MAOA, in patients with undiagnosed ID. We identified a c.797-798delinsTT (p.C266F) missense mutation in MAOA in a boy with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and autoaggressive behavior. Two maternal uncles carry the mutation and have severe ID, with a history of maltreatment in early childhood. This novel missense mutation decreases MAOA enzymatic activity, leading to abnormal levels of urinary monoamines. The identification of this new point mutation confirms, for the first time since 1993, the monogenic implication of the MAOA gene in ID of various degrees, autism and behavioral disturbances. The variable expressivity of the mutation observed in male patients of this family may involve gene-environment interactions, and the identification of a perturbation in monoamine metabolism should be taken into account when prescribing psychoactive drugs in such patients. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.

Kalscheuer V.M.,Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics | Lebrun N.,University of Paris Descartes | Hu H.,Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics | Levy F.,Center Referent des Troubles du Langage et des Apprentissages | And 11 more authors.
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A | Year: 2014

In 2007, 250 families with X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) were screened for mutations in genes on the X-chromosome, and in 4 of these families, mutations in the ZDHHC9 gene were identified. The ID was either isolated or associated with a marfanoid habitus. ZDHHC9 encodes a palmitoyl transferase that catalyzes the posttranslational modification of NRAS and HRAS. Since this first description, no additional patient with a ZDHHC9 mutation has been reported in the literature. Here, we describe a large family in which we identified a novel pathogenic ZDHHC9 nonsense mutation (p.Arg298*) by parallel sequencing of all X-chromosome exons. The mutation cosegregated with the clinical phenotype in this family. An 18-year-old patient and his 40-year-old maternal uncle were evaluated. Clinical examination showed normal growth parameters, lingual fasciculation, limited extension of the elbows and metacarpophalangeal joints, and acrocyanosis. There was neither facial dysmorphism nor marfanoid habitus. Brain MRI detected a dysplastic corpus callosum. Neuropsychological testing showed mild intellectual disability. They both displayed generalized anxiety disorder, and the younger patient also suffered from significant behavior impairment that required attention or treatment. Speech evaluation detected satisfactory spoken language since both were able to provide information and to understand conversations of everyday life. Occupational therapy examination showed impaired visual-spatial and visual-motor performance with poor drawing/graphic skills. These manifestations are not specific enough to guide ZDHHC9 screening in patients with ID, and emphasize the value of next generation sequencing for making a molecular diagnosis and genetic counseling in families with XLID. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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